Administration of Thomas Henderson Pritchard 175
daily, five days in the week. In addition to his class work he also
lectured to the ministerial students especially, as he was able, some
four or five times during the year, on such topics as "Offensive
Personal Habits," "Conversation," "Visiting," and "Pulpit Proprieties,"
and "Ministerial Courtesy." Some of these lectures were attended by
other than ministerial students; all found them most profitable.24 In
the second year President Pritchard was so much in the field that he
had little time for teaching, but in the third year, and last, he remained
at Wake Forest the greater part of the time and was able to teach the
classes in his School of Moral Philosophy and give more attention to
the affairs of the College proper. Though he had great gifts for the
work in the field he also found much joy in the work at Wake Forest;
he liked the society of young people and he loved to teach, and he
found his fellow workers on the faculty such amiable men that he de-
clared he could not be otherwise than happy with
So it was
during his first real residence at the College, in the spring term of
1879-80. At this time he took measures to improve the Campus, and
secured from each of six guano manufacturers a half ton of their
product for fertilizing the
At the same time he was watching
the erection of Wingate Memorial Hall and had the satisfaction of
seeing it completed and ready for the final exercises at the
Commencement of 1880. Finding no vacant residence in the village
he built one for himself and family on a lot on the corner of the west
side of Main Street and the south side of Pine Street, which,
somewhat enlarged, is still standing.27
24 Biblical Recorder, April 21, 1880. Mr. Carey J. Hunter used to tell that in Dr.
Pritchard's lecture on "Visiting" he would tell how a pair should use a towel if the
hostess failed to provide more than one, and go into other such details. His
instruction on how to behave mannerly at table went even into such matters as how
to use spoons and forks; in his lecture on "Conversation" he taught especially the
language of courtesy. Though many of the students had come from cultured homes
there was hardly a one of them that did not welcome the instruction given.
Letter in Biblical Recorder, April 21, 1880.
26 With reference to this the Texas Baptist Herald remarked: "Dr. Pritchard does
not tell us whether it is the bodies or the minds of those North Carolina boys that
need the stimulus of the guano." Biblical Recorder, May 5, 1880.
Presidential report to the Board of Trustees, June, 1880.